rebel scum

rebel scum

I am continuing to work on these sketch portraits throughout the week. I find I am most productive on Friday evenings after a full work week and the family has gone to bed. I can experiment and focus on some new technique and themes, then awaken on a Saturday morning to finish some of these thoughts.

This image is from Empire Strikes Back and has Luke sitting in the cockpit of his X-Wing fighter. Empire is probably the best of all the Star Wars movies and probably in no small part to the marvelous direction of Irvin Kershner. George Lucas was great at directing the phenomenal action sequences of the original Star Wars film, but it was Kershner that directed the actors, like Mark Hamill, to bring out the lifeblood of these rebel scum.

I am happy with some of the progress I am making with these experiments and have been working on larger concepts to create paintings and illustrations that can help expand the current projects in queue. If you would like to work together, please contact me here.

Elizabeth Swann, the pirate king

Elizabeth Swann, the pirate king

I have always loved the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom theme parks. When I originally heard they were making films about these attractions years ago, I couldn’t think of a dumber concept. However, the films were silly enough and turned out to be enjoyable popcorn films and Keira Knightley shone as the star of the films in my mind.

She is a talented actor and she brought a strength to the character, who was always willing to throw down with anyone, which I liked about her performances. Her arc across the film franchise was always my favorite part of the films and the culmination of her becoming the Pirate King in the third film secured her place in the folklore.

As with many of my recent sketch portraits, this began as a vector image and was then brought into paint the details.

If you have an idea for a commission please contact me here.

Dr. King

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate a true American hero. Although our world was robbed of his contributions through a violent assassination, his legacy still pushes us forward. We must continue to strive to deliver that world he sought for his children…and ours.

mark hamill portrait

mark hamill portrait

As I continue to transpose my traditional training into a clear digital painting counterpart, I am experimenting with different portraits. This one is Mark Hamill and tries to capture a look that spans his years in the public eye. This piece, like many of my recent spot illustrations, began as a simple vector drawing to place the structure of the face. From there, I began painting the portrait using a couple of different bitmap programs; incorporating painting techniques with composition effects as the layers of the image was built. This illustration is closer to the image I have in my mind than the last version of Mark’s portrait I did. There are some nice traditional effects that I have been able to capture while also leveraging the digital space in the manner I had hoped. I will continue to work through techniques and portraits as I evolve and converge my hand-skills and digital chops.

If you want to work together on a project or have an idea for a commission, please feel free to contact me here.

space twins

space twins

Our family’s New Year’s Eve tradition have always been quiet. A time to hang out at home and relax, welcome in the new year and enjoy some quiet time. When we had kids, our traditions added some new events and has now blossomed into a full-on Star Wars evening. We started with the original trilogy, but now begin with Rogue One, and move on through the latest releases.

This is a sketch poster concept for the space twins, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. I am continuing to work through transposition of my traditional training and hand-skils into the digital painting. I am trying different techniques to continually push my comfort zone and skills.

If you are interested in prints of this painting or want to discuss commissions or projects email me through my contact page. Thanks and Happy New Year.